Oneonta continues hiring

The Oneonta City Council officially hired two other summer employees and voted to advertise for another full-time public works position. Councilman Mark Gargus, who coordinates work with the city’s park and recreation department, corrected one hire from the month’s previous meeting and added an omitted worker from the prior list.

Council members accepted Gargus’s recommendation to hire Becky Kaaa as an assistant concession stand manager and to place Will McKinney on the list of youth concession workers. Councilman Hal Blackwood won approval of his motion to advertise for the new public works employee.

Shay Shelnutt, candidate in the Republican primary for nomination to the Alabama Senate District 17 race, introduced himself to the council. He noted his ties to Oneonta and expressed an eagerness to have the opportunity to know better the council members.

City manager Ed Lowe advised the council of the city’s contract expiration with its garbage collection service, Allied Waste. He said the proposed continued contract keeps the terms of the previous and permits only consumer price index adjustments to rates. Councilors accepted his recommendation to approve the renewal.

Councilors Danny Robinson and Tonya Rogers missed the March 25 meeting. All other council members (Mayor Ross Norris, Gargus, Blackwood, and Tim McNair attended. The council holds its regular sessions the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 5:30 p.m. in city hall. At its March 11 meeting, the council agreed to hold a public hearing on rezoning property adjacent to Classic Collision at 5:15 p.m. on April 8. The public hearing permits anyone interested in the rezoning to address the council.